Category: Quotes and Quips

No dualism

Often some in the church have difficulty speaking about the goodness of creation in light of all the evil we suffer, often at the hands of others. This fuels the perception of God’s mission mentioned earlier, “The point of God’s mission is to get me to heaven because this...

A Non-Going Church

To build a non-going church, you make sure that the bond with Jesus is weak, that every decision is tepid and triple-checked, and dissuade people from taking risks. —Eric Brown  ...

Go Where Your Are

A little less than two hundred times does the Bible instruct us to “go.” Never once does the Bible instruct us to “hide.”...

Fixed or Flexible?

“Too much of the current missional conversation sounds like our need to intentionally accomplish a predetermined task for God rather than seeing signs of what God is up to and living a response to what God is doing.”   –Leonard Sweet (So Beautiful)...

Ways and Means

"God is above all means. God is the initiator in the spiritual encounter. God is the first witness; human effort is always a subsequent witness." [https://picography.co/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/stone-bridge-over-river-sm.jpg] ...

As you go…

“As you are being you, as you are being present to your world, make disciples. Mission as 'going' does not mean “distant” but means just as much 'close at hand.' The center of the biblical construction is not 'go' but 'make disciples.' In short, 'make disciples … as you...

Soul Killing

In a world where everything is written down in words, where important truths are remembered in catchy phrases and soundbites, and where the patient work of thinking through an issues thoroughly is a skill unpracticed and forgotten by many, the power of imagination has been altered and reduced to...

Imagination and Reason

People often gain more spiritual truth and satisfaction from myth than from the written doctrinal codes of their own religion.  In story, the imagination is activated and the door is wide open for meaning and understanding to enter in.  ...

Meaning and Understanding

The opposite of “meaning” is not “untruth”.  The opposite of “meaning” is “nonsense” also known in some circles as nonsensical, gibberish, baloney or gobblygook.  In other words the opposite of “meaning” or “meaningful” is that which has no clear meaning.  Meaning is the pre-condition for both truth and falseness....

Where is meaning found?

In Western societies it is becoming more and more commonplace in education, religion and general society to encourage people to find their own meaning....